Finally…

A few Annabelle Hydrangeas are blooming up slope. Makes me even more determined to thwart those &€#%<¥£&$ deer and get future  buds blooming. 



And speaking of Hydrangeas…I found this lovely Hydrangea Aspera ‘Plum Passion’ at Southlands last weekend. It’s going to be lovely!!


And the Hydrangea ‘Blue Bird’ still going strong…but I’m beginning to wonder if it is indeed a ‘Blue Bird’….it’s aging mighty purple.

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What’s blooming – first of July 

Here’s what’s blooming today…

Thalictrum ‘Elin’
Thalictrum ‘Elin’
Hemerocallis ‘Cleo’
My glorious favourite day lily…. Hemerocallis ‘Cleo’. First bloom today.
Daylilies starting
Now that’s what the slope is SUPPOSED to look like right now!! Instead I have 3 Annabelle Hydrangeas in pots tucked in under the peach tree up against the house and I continue testing for deer proof-ness!! Arghhh!!!
Blue bird Hydrangea…in a more protected spot too
Peach-leaved bell flower. Reminds me of my dad.
Waterlily
Waterlilies

Persicaria polymorpha
Sweet peas
Rosa
More roses
Lavender
Heuchera ‘Rave on’
Sedum
Cleome
Leucanthemum x super bum Becky
Eryngium ‘Neptunes Gold’

Plant List – July 2018

Acanthus mollis
Acanthus spinosus
Actea racemosa (was Cimicifuga racemosa)
Adiantum aleuticum Imbracatum (dwarf maidenhair fern)
Adiantum venustum
Ajuga reptans ‘Burgundy Glow’, Bronze Beauty
Alchemilla mollis
Allium
Allium Schubertii
Allium senescens
Amicia zygomeris LOST W/18
Anemone ‘Honorine Joubert’, robustimmissa, September Charm, Wild Swan
Anemone nemorosa (wood anemone)
Arachnoides simplicior Variegata
Aralia cordata ‘Sun King’. 3×3
Arbutus unedo
Argyrocytisus battandieri – pineapple or Moroccan broom
Arisaema ringens
Aruncus dioicus (goats beard)
Asarum caudatum -wild ginger
Aspidistra elatior ‘Milky Way’. (Cast-iron plant) LOST W/17
Asplenium scolopendrium (Harts tongue fern)
Asplenium trichomanes
Aster divaricatus
Astrantia maxima
Astilbe – Bressingham Beauty, Bridal Veil, Erika
Astilbe japonica ‘Colour Flash Lime’
Athyrium filix-femina (Lady Fern)
Athyrium nipponicum ‘Red Beauty’ (Japanese painted fern), ‘Metallicum’, x Ghost,
Aucuba
Azara microphylla

Beesia
Bergenia
Blechnum penna marina
Blechnum spicant (Deer Fern)
Bletilla
Brachyglottis greyi (see Senecio)
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ & ‘Emerald Mist’

Calamagrostis x acutiflora – Overdam, Karl Forester
Callistemon ‘Woodlanders Hardy Red’ LOST W/17
Caltha leptosepala
Caltha palustris
Camellia japonica ‘Nuccio’s Pearl’
Campanula poschanskyana (Serbian bellflower)
Carex oshimensis ‘Evergold’
“. ‘Ice Dance’
Carpenteria cal. ‘Elizabeth’
Ceanothus impressus ‘Victoria’
Ceanothus griseus var. horizontalis ‘Yankee Point’
Centaurea
Cephaleria gigantea
Chaerophyllum hirsutum ‘Roseum’
Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Lucas’ yellow and cream w red stems – 4×3
Chamaecyparis pisifera (Golden thread leaf cypress)
Choisya ‘Aztec pearl’ (Mexican orange blossom). LOST W/17
Choisya ternate Sundance LOST
Cistus canescens
Clematis armandii NoID
” ‘Snowdrift’ (front)
Clematis chiionensis ‘Lemon Bells’
Clematis ‘Nelly Moser’
Clematis recta ‘Purpurea’ LOST W/17
Coprosma ‘Evening Glow’
Corydalis lutea
Cotinus
Cotoneaster dammeri
Crinum x powellii ‘Eden’
Cyrtomium falcatum ‘Rochfordianum’
Cytisus battandieri

Daphne Odorata variegata
Darmera peltata
Deinanthe caerulea x bifida
Dicentra formosa, ‘alba’
Dicentra macarantha (Ichtyoselmis)
Dicentra spectabilis ‘Gold Heart’
Disporum cantoniense ‘Night Heron’
Disporum sessile Variegatum
Dodecatheon meadia (shooting star)
Doronicum (Leopards Bane)
Dryopteris erythrosa (Autumn fern) x3
Dryopteris koidzumania

Edgeworthia papyrifera LOST W/17
Elaeagnus p. ‘Clemson variegated’
Epimedium x rubrum, Roseum, orange,
Epimedium wushanense
Eryngium ‘Neptunes Gold’
Erythronium Oregonium (fawn lily)
Erythronium ‘Pagoda’
Erigeron karviskianus ‘Profusion’
Euonymus fortunei
Euphorbia characias ‘Glacier Blue’
Euphorbia myrsinites (Donkeytail spurge)
Euphorbia x martinii ‘Ascot Rainbow’
Eurybia divaricata

Fargesia Robusta (bamboo)
X Fatshedera lizei ‘Annemieke’
Fatsia japonica
Ficus ‘Brown Turkey’
Ficus ‘Chicago’
Filipendula ulmaria variegata ??
Fritillaria meleagris

Galanthus nicalis (snowdrop)
Galium odoratum…deer fodder!
Gaura lindheimeri LOST
Gaura….summer 2018
Geranium ‘Rozanne’
Geum
Gillenia trifoliata (Bowmans root) – deer fodder
Gleditsia tricanthos var. inner is ‘Suncole’ (Sunburst thornless honeylocust). STRUGGLING!? Crazy!?
Grevillea ‘Canberra Red’ LOST W/17
G. victoriae ‘Murray Queen’ x3
Grevillea ‘White wings’. LOST W/17

Hacquetia epipactis
Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’
Hebe Carnosula
Hebe mckeanii
Hebe ‘Pretty’n’pink’. LOST W/17
Hebe sutherlanii
Hedera colchica ‘Dentata Variegata’
Helianthemum nummularium ‘Wisely pink’
Helleborus ‘Harvey double hybrid’, Corsican,
Hemerocallis ‘Cleo’
Heptacodium miconioides
Hesperantha cochineal (syn. Schizostylis) River Lily, Kaffir Lily – red and pink
Heuchera ‘Alabama Sunrise’ x2
Heuchera ‘Carnival coffee bean’
Heuchera ‘Carnival Limeade’
Heuchera ‘Green Spice’
Heuchera ‘Hercules’
Heuchera x ‘Lime marmalade’ x2
Heuchera ‘Midnight Rose’
Heuchera ‘Rave on’ x3
Heuchera ‘’Sunrise’
Heuchera ‘Vienna’
Hosta
Hyacinthoides non- scripta ( bluebell)
Hydrangea anomala subspecies. petiolaris
Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ & ‘Invincibil’
Hydrangea aspera ‘Plum Passion’
Hydrangea integrifolia
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’
Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Pee Wee’
Hydrangea seemanii
Hydrangea serrata ‘O-amacha Nishiki’,
‘Blue Bird’

Iberis sempervirens ‘Snowflake’
Impatiens omeiana
Iris

Jasmine officinale ‘Fiona sunrise’

Kalmia latifolia ‘Olympic Fire’
Kerria japonica ‘Pleniflora’
Kirengeshoma palmata
Knautia varigated Thunder and Lightening

Leucanthemum x super bum Becky, Snow Lady
Leucothoe fontanesiana ‘Rainbow’
Leucothoe Curly Red
Lewisia cotyledon
Liberia peregrinans
Libertia ‘Taupo Sunset’
Ligularia ‘Britt Marie Crawford, Desdemona/Othello
Lillium x ‘ Lily Looks Tiny Icon’
Lonicera Baggesens Gold
Lonicera ‘Lemon Beauty’
Luzula ‘Hohe Tatra’
Luzula sylvatuca ‘Aurea’ (grass)
Lychnis (rose campion)

Mahonia japonica Bealei group
Maihuenia poepigii
Melianthus major ‘Antonows Blue’ LOST
Metapanax delavayi
Metasequoia glyptostroboides (Gold Rush Dawn Redwood)
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Kleine Silberspinne’
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Stardust’ – Zebra grass
Molina caerulea variegata
Mukgenia x Nova Flame
Myosotis sylvatica (forget-me-not)

Nandina domestica
Nandina ‘Twilight’
Nerine Bowdenii

Omphalodes verna (creeping navelwort/forget-me-not or blue-eyed-Mary)
Onopordum acanthus (Scotch thistle) LOST
Ophiopohon planiscarpus ‘Nigrescens’
Osmanthus delavayi
Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Goshiki’
Osmanthus Jim Porter
Osmunda regalis (Royal Fern)
Oxalis oregana

Pachysandra terminalis (Japanese spurge)
Parthenocissus henryana x2
Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’
Penstemon serrulatus (Coast penstemon)
Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Firetail’
Persicaria polymorpha
Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’
Phlox
Phlomis russeliana
Phormium ‘Jack Spratt’
Phuopsis stylosa
Phylostachyus nigra Black bamboo
Pieris japonica
Podophyllum delavayi
Podophyllum pleianthum ‘Free Spirit’ (Fernery)
Podophyllum pleianthum
Podophyllum ‘Spotty Dotty’
Polygonatum odoratum ‘varigatum’
Polygonatum multiflorum ‘Ramosissium’
Polypodium scouleri
Polystichum munitum – sword fern
Primula japonica Red
Prostanthera (Australian mint bush). LOST W/17 replaced April/18
Prunus laurocerasus ‘Marbled White’
Ptilotus exaltatus ‘Joey’ annual. Would LOVE to find again!!
Pulmonaria – Roy Davidson ( blue), ‘Sissinghurst White’

Ranunculus aconitifolis
Rhododendron – many!!
White Lady, Odee Wright,
Rhodohypoxis baurii
Ribes Sanguineum- pink and white
Rosa glauca
Rubus calyeinoides

Salvia ‘Hot Lips’, ‘Black and blue’
Sanguisorba ‘Little Angel’
Santolina chamaecyparissus ‘Lemon Fizz’
Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis ‘Sarsid 2’ (Fragrant mountain Himalayan sweet box)
Sarcococca ruscifolia
Saruma henryi
Saxifraga x arendsii pink form
Saxifraga fortunes Hakubai
Saxifragia hirsuta
Saxifraga Jaws
Saxifraga stolonifera (strawberry begonia)
Saxifraga umbrosa ‘Primuloides’, variegata
Saxifrage x andrewsii
Schizostylis coccinea (Cape, River, kaffir lily)
Scilla
Sedum ‘Cape blanco’, ‘Sunset Cloud’, Angelina, sexangulare – creeping stonecrop, coral carpet,
Senecio ‘Sunshine’, greyi,
Sempervivum pyranacium, Apache,
Sisyrinchium californium (Yellow-eyed grass), bellum (blue eyed grass)
Skimmia Chameleon
Skimmia ‘Marlot’
Stewartia psuedocamellia
Stipa
Styrax japonica
Syneilesis aconitifolium (shredded umbrella plant)

Thalictrum ‘Elin’
Trachycarpus fortunei
Tracystemon orientalis (Russian Borage)
Tradescantia
Trollius x cultorum ‘New Moon’

Uvularia sessilifolia ‘Albomarginata’

Verbena bonariensis
Veronica peduncularis ‘Georgia Blue’
Viburnum plicatum mariesii
Viburnum ‘Summer snowflake’
Viburnum tinus ‘Spring bouquet’
Vinca minor

Woodwardia fimbriata
Woodwardia unigemmata

New anti-deer ‘fence’ for the back garden…

Damn deer are eating my Annabelle Hydrangeas again!!  No more blooms left for the 2018 ‘river-of-white-through-the-shade’.  Wah!  Boo hoo!  So….put on the thinking cap. Given the slope and the grade on the ravine, raising the fence 4 or 5 more feet would be onerous. 

.So….Hmmmm….do you think this will work???  Bamboo poles and Tibetan Prayer Flags!!  Fingers crossed. 

Northwest Perennial Alliance Hardy Plant Study Weekend

We just got home from the Study Weekend in North Seattle.  Saw close to 20 gardens, many of which have blended together in my mind and my photo stream. The garden of Stacie Crooks, of Crooks Garden Design, really stood out for me.  Perhaps as a painter as well as a gardener, it was the exuberant love of contrasting colour that made my eyes and heart swell with bliss in this garden.  The repeating juxtaposition of golds and reds were like candy to my eyes.  



Her shade gardens were equally vibrant, albeit in a cooler colour palette:

Little spots just glowed.
Front shade garden with view through to glowing driveway border


Later on, a reminiscent red/purple and yellow/gold border caught my eyes:



Off I go to find me some red berberis and gold Erica for the front border!!  Not only do I love the colour combination, but both of these anchor plants are deer resistant. Ideal for the front garden!  

Monday morning blooms…

A lovely quiet Monday morning after a (finally!) hot weekend…June is beginning to bloom!

Early morning sprinkler
Deutzia covered in blooms, bees and butterflies!
Deutzia close-up
Argyrocytisus battandieri, the pineapple broom or Moroccan broom
Just one bloom so far!
You don’t think you can love Podophyllum ‘Spotty Dotty’ more until you glimpse a titch of red under the leaf and there’s a glorious flower, just waiting to be spied!!
Podophyllum ‘Spotty Dotty’ flower close-up
Rose plethora-ing!
Verbascum NoID…Caribbean Crush, Jackie, Helen Johnston??
Japanese iris